Manic Mondex: Love Triangle and Drive-By Shooting Land a Woman in Jail
FlaglerLive | August 15, 2011
It gets a little wild in Daytona North, also known as the Mondex, also increasingly known as Flagler’s wild west.
As they told it to a Flagler County sheriff’s deputy, Jessica Giddens, 25, and Robert Suckstorf, 26, had walked out of the house at 1318 Hazelnut Street in the Mondex Saturday night (Aug. 13), a little before 10 p.m., to have a smoke. They were standing on the porch. They saw a gold four-door car traveling north on Hazelnut, and stopping in front of their house. Then they claim they saw Kara Buckner, 36, who was driving the car, point what looked like a .22 caliber rifle at them out the driver’s side window and shoot one round. They both ran inside, unhurt.
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Cheyenne Donaldson, the 27-year-old homeowner, was inside the house at the time. So were Giddens’s two young children: a 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.
Donaldson told the deputy that she ducked the moment she heard the shot, then heard the sound of a car speeding off. She took the children to a back bedroom. By then the pair on the porch had run inside and had told Donaldson who they thought had fired the rifle.
Earlier in the day, according to Donaldson, she and Buckner had run into each other. Buckner had been standing in the road on Elder Street, according to Donaldson, and when Donaldson drove by (with Giddens in the car), Buckner allegedly threatened to shoot her.
Donaldson told a deputy that, according to the police report, “Buckner is upset with her because they both have a child by the same father, and that while Buckner and the father are currently married, Donaldson, according to the report, “has been also having a relationship” with the same man.
When the deputy made contact with Buckner at her home and handcuffed her, Buckner said she had not been to the house on Hazelnut Street, nor had driven down that street, though she agreed that she and Donaldson had argued earlier in the day. “It should be noted,” the deputy wrote, “that I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from K. Buckner’s person. I further observed her eyes were bloodshot and watery, her speech was slurred, and her balance was poor.”
The deputy spoke to a nearby neighbor of the Hazelnut Street house who said he’d seen a car pull up to the address in question and heard what he thought was a firecracker go off, but couldn’t see what was going on. No bullet hole was located at the house.
Buckner, of 225 Elder Street in Bunnell, was briefly jailed in July over forgery and petit theft charges. She was taken to the Flagler County jail and held on $5,000 bond.